Italy probes whether negligence played role in quake toll

first_imgAMATRICE, Italy — Italian authorities are vowing to investigate whether negligence or fraud in adhering to building codes played a role in the high death toll in last week’s earthquake in Italy.They also called for efforts to ensure organized crime doesn’t infiltrate lucrative construction contracts to eventually rebuild much of the picturesque towns leveled in the disaster.Meanwhile, rescue workers pressed on with the task of recovering bodies from the rubble, with hopes of finding any more survivors virtually vanished more than four full days after the powerful quake.Over the past two days, they found six more bodies in the rubble of Hotel Roma in Amatrice, the medieval hill town in mountainous central Italy that bore the brunt of destruction and loss of life in the powerful quake. They recovered three and by late Sunday were still working to retrieve others that were hard to reach.It wasn’t clear if those six were included in the overall 290 death toll given by authorities. The Civil Protection agency, which combines the figures it receives from different provinces affected by the quake, said the number is lower than the previous toll of 291 dead due to a correction in the numbers from the province of Rieti, where most of the victims died.last_img read more

Obama cuts sentences of 111 inmates

first_imgWASHINGTON — President Barack Obama cut short Tuesday the sentences of 111 federal inmates in another round of commutations for those convicted of nonviolent drug offenses.Obama has long called for phasing out strict sentences for drug convictions, arguing they lead to excessive punishment and incarceration rates unseen in other developed countries.White House Counsel Neil Eggleston said the commutations underscored the president’s commitment to using his clemency authority to give deserving individuals a second chance. He said that Obama has granted a total of 673 commutations, more than the previous 10 presidents combined. More than a third of the recipients were serving life sentences.“We must remember that these are individuals — sons, daughters, parents, and in many cases, grandparents — who have taken steps toward rehabilitation and who have earned their second chance,” Eggleston said. “They are individuals who received unduly harsh sentences under outdated laws for committing largely nonviolent drug crimes.”Eggleston noted that Obama also granted commutation to 214 federal inmates earlier in the month. With Tuesday’s additions, Obama has granted the greatest number of commutations for a single month of any president.last_img read more

Agendas for the weeks government meetings

first_imgMondayEvergreen Public Schools board, Administrative Service Center, Tan Room, 13501 N.E. 28th St., Vancouver.• 3 p.m. special meeting: three or more school board members plan to be at Superintendent John Deeder’s retirement celebration. No action will be taken.Vancouver City Council, 415 W. Sixth St., Vancouver.• 4 to 6 p.m. workshop: 2017 fireworks season, 2017 first supplemental budget appropriation, impact fee waiver process, executive session regarding pending litigation.• 7 p.m. regular meeting: citizen communication, bid award for 2017 fire extinguisher inspection/maintenance, approval of claim vouchers, approval of comprehensive six-year transportation program, adoption of citywide complete streets policy, approval of conceptual master plan for the Port of Vancouver Terminal 1 project.Camas City Council, City Hall, 616 N.E. Fourth Ave.• 4:30 p.m. workshop: assessment of emergency medical services, library department position revisions, Green Mountain Park development agreement, interlocal agreement with Clark County for roadway improvement projects.• 6 p.m. regular meeting: interlocal agreements with Clark County for roadway improvement projects and street/stormwater debris processing and disposal, revising and extending the Comprehensive Street Program for an additional six years.Fort Vancouver Regional Library District, Goldendale Community Library, 131 West Burgen, Goldendale.• 4:30 p.m. executive session to discuss real estate and personnel.• 6 p.m. regular meeting: FVRL expenditures, FLCFA expenditures, Friends memorandum of understanding, personnel manual, non-represented staff wage compensation.Battle Ground City Council, City Hall, 109 S.W. First St.• 5:30 p.m. study session: public safety testing.• 7 p.m. public hearing: six-year transportation improvement plan, East Parkway zone change.Woodland City Council, Council Chambers, 200 E. Scott Ave.• 6:30 p.m. police chief meet-and-greet.• 7 p.m. public hearing: state transportation improvement program.Yacolt Town Council, Town Hall, 202 W. Cushman St.• 7 p.m., regular meeting: appointment of Yacolt’s C-Tran board representative, remove heavy manufacturing zoning district.TuesdayClark Public Utilities commissioners, 1200 Fort Vancouver Way, Vancouver.• 9 a.m., regular meeting.Skamania County commissioners, Skamania County Courthouse, 240 N.W. Vancouver Ave., Stevenson.• 9:30 a.m. regular meeting.Clark County council, Public Service Center, 1300 Franklin St., sixth floor, Vancouver.• 10 a.m. regular meeting: District Court interlocal agreement; developers agreement with DeWitt on behalf of multiple property owners; comprehensive growth plan management update public hearing; interim ordinance on land divisions on rural and resource lands; councilor communications.last_img read more

Ruling in travel ban leaves myriad questions unanswered

first_imgWASHINGTON — The Supreme Court’s decision to partially reinstate President Donald Trump’s temporary travel ban has left the effort to keep some foreigners out of the United States in a murky middle ground, with unanswered questions and possibly more litigation ahead.The justices ruled Monday in an unsigned opinion they would hold a full hearing on the case in October. In the meantime, the administration can bar travelers from six majority-Muslim countries from the U.S. if they don’t have a “credible claim of a bona fide relationship” with someone or some entity in the country.It’s unclear what will ultimately constitute a “bona fide relationship,” though the ruling suggested that an American job, school enrollment or a close relative could meet that threshold. Equally unclear is how many foreigners will be affected from the six countries: Syria, Sudan, Iran, Yemen, Libya and Somalia.The ruling was seen as at least a partial victory for Trump in the biggest court case of his presidency. Trump claims the temporary ban is needed to prevent terrorist attacks. Opponents reject that and argue it’s a backdoor way to bar Muslims from entering the United States, as Trump promised in his campaign.The early indications are that the administration will use the decision to take a tough line on travelers from those countries. A senior U.S. official familiar with the situation said the Trump administration has plans in place to relaunch the stalled ban and tourists will be among those kept out.last_img read more

Lutherans help Washougal Community Center become a shelter

first_imgWhen a fire ripped through the Gorge last summer, Washougal sprang into action. The community center opened as an evacuation site and residents quickly pulled together emergency supplies. Fast-forward to winter, and the small city is preparing for the worst in a different way.Temperatures dropping below 30 degrees, or freezing rain or snow, would prompt the opening of an emergency severe-weather shelter at the Washougal Community Center.It’s the only severe-weather shelter among Clark County’s small cities, and it’s the only shelter in the county that uses a city-owned building.“Instead of waiting for it to become a problem, let’s be proactive,” said the Rev. Bob Barber, pastor at St. Matthew Lutheran Church.Just like the Archer Mountain Fire was a communitywide concern, Barber said, homelessness concerns the whole community. People experiencing homelessness are not outsiders and should be shown care and compassion, he said.Barber is also chair of Refuel Washougal, which puts on a free meal every Friday evening at the community center that draws about 65 people every week. He said many homeless people are already familiar with the community center because of Refuel and may be more willing to stay at a public building as opposed to a church. Refuel would supply and organize volunteers for the shelter. Many have already gone through volunteer training with the Council for the Homeless. Volunteer handbooks were recently finished.last_img read more

Paralysis of the Ministries

first_imgBy Yankuba JallowThe day for end term of presidency for the incumbent is drawing near as the clock is ticking and some of his cabinet ministers are resigning thereafter. This reporter went to some of the ministries which include Ministry of the Interior, Finance, Trade, Fisheries, Justice and Foreign Affairs. Read to find out the observations and the findings.At the Ministry of the Interior, an officer at the ministry who preferred  anonymity told this reporter that the Minister was not at work yesterday but has been coming to work in previous days.At the Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs, the security officer at the gate said the newly appointed Minister Mr. Roberts was at work but had left for home.Mr. Abdou Jobe, the Minister for Trade, Industry, Regional Integration and Employment, has left the jurisdiction as confirmed by the security man there. The reporter reached there around 2 pm and was told that most if not all of the workers have gone home. He showed the Minister’s car parked with all the doors closed. He said they are yet to announce a new Minister.It is at the Ministry of Justice where drama unfolded as it is the only place this reporter visited and discovered there was no one in the building not even a security agent. The reporter entered the building to see if there will be a possibility to meet at least a person working there but to his surprise, no one was seen in the whole building.Visiting the Foreign Affairs Ministry, It was confirmed by a staff of the said ministry that the minister, Neneh Macdoull Gaye, has resigned and as at now no one has been assigned to replace her.The Ministers of Education, both Higher and Basic, are confirmed to be working and have not resigned. The Minister of Basic Education, Madam Fatou Lamin Faye, is confirmed to be handling the position of Tourism alongside her Education Ministry.last_img read more

British Virgin Islands Election Supervisor charged with irregularities by Opposition Party

first_img Governor says voters need to decide on Independence Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:British Virgin Islands, general election, irregularities, Juliette Penn, opposition party, ruth blackman Recommended for you Bermuda swears in youngest Premier in country’s history Amendments will mean less time at polls, next TCI General Election Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 09 Jun 2015 – From the region… Hon Ruth Blackman is out of country, participating as an observer in the British Virgin Islands General Election, which on Friday held advanced polling. Magnetic Media was informed via media statement from the BVI, that the VIP or Virgin Islands Party has filed a complaint with the Governor there that the Elections Supervisor – Juliette Penn – broke her own rules. The VIP is demanding redress or a directive after it claims there was something fishy about how the ballots were sealed and stored, in some cases not signed off upon by their Party representatives who were authorized to do so. Two districts are in question and the Opposition party said it hoped for an amicable redress on the advanced polling where seniors, physically challenged individuals and public officers who would be working at the 19 polling stations cast votes just days before the General Elections were held, which was actually yesterday Monday June 8. Up to news production time, there had been no updates on the progress of the elections in this fellow British overseas territory.For latest election news from British Virgin Islandshttp://bvinews.com/new/last_img read more

GROWING MEDICAL GANJA

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, September 1, 2016 – Does the TCI want to enter the Agri-business industry with this controversial crop.  Speaker, Felicia Persuad, an award winning journalist says it’s a multi billion dollar industry.Persuad said this product, like the coconut is hijacked by the rest of the world, when it’s roots are in the Caribbean.  Said TCIG should also move in ‘timeliness’ when serving the country and must promote investment advantages as we do Tourism; same vigor. Related Items:Medical Ganja, TCI and medical ganja?last_img read more

Health Alert Hand Foot Mouth and Lice cases recorded among children

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, November 10, 2016 – Some health warnings now for children in particular as there are cases of lice and hand food and mouth disease confirmed by the Ministry of Health in the TCI.   An outbreak of lice at at least two Provo schools has prompted notice and when it comes to HFMD, there are cases in Provo mainly, Grand Turk and North Caicos also.Surveillance and education are among the ways the ministry says it is coping with the children’s illnesses.  In the case of Hand Foot and Mouth Disease is spread by youngsters under 5 and passes on through coughing or sneezing, also from saliva, fluid from blisters and infected stool.Child care institutions have to be most careful as this is where HFMD spreads most.  Symptoms are rashes, fever, headache, runny nose and sore throat.  Tylenol or Panadol can be used in medical treatment says the Ministry and care givers and parents must increase in fluids to avoid dehydration.  When it comes to lice; wash wash and more washing.  In both cases you should keep children at home until they are better. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more

Premier Robinson Gives Statement on Newman Case

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT Related Items:#magneticmedianews Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, June 26, 2017 – Providenciales – The past few days in the TCI has seen us casted in a negative light in major US media houses. This day was feared by many, but we believe with the response we see especially among the people of this country, that this can be a turning point in addressing crimes among our residents and visitors.I speak of the recent shooting incident involving a tourist. My Government’s thoughts and prayers are with Mr Newman and his family. We continue through our Tourist Board to maintain contact with Mrs Newman and receive updates on his care. Under the NHIP Policy my Government was able to offer coverage of the medical transport to a receiving facility. However we understand that those arrangements were made through private arrangements.As Premier, I acknowledge my Government’s initial response contained in a Release issued by the Minister of Tourism who responded on behalf the Government and over the past two days we have met with the Police and amongst ourselves to see how best we can support the Police at this time and to devise a way forward on repairing the obvious fall out in reputation through positive messaging that is us TCI.After taking into account all efforts through all Agencies, I address you today.We wish to at the outset thank the medical staff at Interhealth Canada’s facility in Providenciales for their response and critical care administered to the Mr Newman.This is no time for more speeches but for our people to know that we continue to support the Police in their efforts to ebb the stem of gun related offences and do so with a record that we can already begin to feel proud of. I wish to recount for the benefit of us all how we have supported the Police over the past six months and I outline them as follows:Making a request to the UK for assistance and the resultant UK Security Assessment as early as February this year during my first visit to London;The purchasing of a building to house the highly anticipated CCTV Program and other new crime fighting initiatives;The approval of funding for additional Police Officers including managers of the CCTV Project in the recently passed Budget;The approval of $1.2m in the purchase of new cars in the recently passed budget;The agreement in the National Security Council to devise a national security strategy;The inclusion of modern crime fighting initiatives and other legislative support for the Police in our legislative calendar;The beginning works jointly between the Police and Immigration to seek out and to repatriate undocumented persons to the tone of over 500 in the last six months (these numbers are not those repatriated through entry on illegal sloops); And we can expect to see greater efforts in this area after the recruitment of additional Police and Immigration Officers already provided for in the recently passed Budget;The presentation, as Premier, to Cabinet of a Paper on the rehabilitation of offenders in an effort to reduce the rate of repeat offenders,The initial dialogue with the TCHTA and to having received their agreement to employ those at risk under the Government’s Change for Change Program to be led by the Ministry of Home Affairs; andHolding meetings with Pastors to assist in creating Programs that will address our youth.Crime fighting is everyone’s business and while in Opposition we continued to lead on this dialogue. We acknowledge that many of these measures are not yet in place and can look forward with great anticipation. However we acknowledge the awakened consciousness of our people for the immediate here and now which is critical. In what is now a challenging period, we see a readied people ready to assist and play its role and commend those who have stepped forward to play a more active role as a citizen.As Premier, I must say that I am pleased with the efforts of the Police who are working hard in the aftermath to bring these culprits to justice and I am in particular pleased that the Acting Commissioner on the evening after visited the majority of Resorts and interacted with guests until the wee hours of the morning.What is left for me to say as Premier following our Government’s initial response and the Acting Commissioner’s multiple updates is that there are four things I wish for us to know:My Government remains firm in its stance for stiff penalties for gun crimes and crimes against visitors to our shores which are already in law and we are keen to support stiffer penalties where needs be;The Police has our full support in diverting even more resources into the Grace Bay area and certainly not at a loss to local communities;I am excited that our people are keen to be greater participants in this fight against crime and I call on us all to remain interested and to know that the best help that can come forward from you now is information. You may think what you saw or hear is insignificant but we are appealing to you to contact law enforcement who is prepared to investigate any and all tips for this recent incident and all instances.I encourage residents and visitors alike to be vigilant and to not take any unnecessary risks by making yourselves an easy victim.The response of our people shows that this level of crime, though comparatively very low, will not be tolerated and as Premier, I am confident that serious crime strategies already in train together with tougher penalties and a plan to save our youth are the keys to lowering crimes.My Government over the next few days, weeks and months (and led jointly by the Premier’s Office and the Ministry of Tourism together with key stakeholders and residents living at home and abroad who have already offered to assist in ensuring that the positive message about Turks and Caicos Islands remains out there) will embark on an aggressive positive campaign. We remain a safe destination and we are certain of this. We do not and will not downplay the recent incident in any way and will continue to support the Police in every way. This time however requires that all hands are and remain on deck.May God bless these Turks and Caicos Islands.#magneticmedianews The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provo Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meetinglast_img read more

Street signs to be installed in three Jamaican parishes  in January 2018

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Jamaica, November 13, 2017 – Montego Bay – Minister of Local Government and Community Development, Hon. Desmond McKenzie, says the Government will commence a street-signage programme in three parishes in January 2018, which will herald the start of a nationwide beautification and community development initiative.“We will be rolling out the project in Manchester, Westmoreland and St. Thomas, and then get the necessary funds to take the street signs right across the country,” the Minister said, as he addressed a property tax town hall meeting on November 8 in Savanna-la-Mar, Westmoreland.He said this programme will address concerns that many communities across the island are hard to identify, as there are no signs.“Some of the work of the municipal corporations, when it comes to beautification, includes identifying communities.   There are many communities in Westmoreland (that) when you drive in them, you don’t even know the name of the roads because the street signs don’t exist,” the Minister noted.The Minister said the signage programme was conceptualised based on data gathered by the 2,700 youngsters across the island who were employed by the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development last summer to undertake audits of street lights and street signs.Mr. McKenzie appealed to citizens to pay their property taxes, as this is the only way the local authorities will be able to provide them with the basic services, amenities and infrastructure for modern-day living.   He reminded the audience that taxes are collected in all countries of the world, and Jamaica is no different.He said that while the Government has a responsibility to serve the nation, the citizens themselves “have to become partners with us in this mission”, adding that in excess of $16 billion is owed in arrears for property taxes island-wide.He congratulated landowners in Westmoreland, who have demonstrated an “encouraging level of compliance” over the last three years by making concerted efforts to pay the requisite taxes.   He said of the $607 million that was set as the Westmoreland target for the 2017/2018 financial year, more than $291 million has already been paid.“I find it difficult when people say they are not getting any benefit out of the taxes.   While there may be weaknesses in some of what we do, there has been significant improvement in service delivery in this country.   We are working hard to make a difference, but we can only do that if you buy into the reality that taxes are necessary in order for you to live in a decent and a clean country,” he said.last_img read more

Job cuts in austerity move by Bank of the Bahamas 30 redundancies

first_img Related Items:#bob Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppNASSAU, Bahamas – November 17, 2017 – Thirty jobs lost in a layoff program of the Bank of the Bahamas as the institution is striving to make it on its own within the black, profiting instead of losing.Media reports say the BOB explained the layoffs are related to closures of branches in Exuma, which will close by year end and Eight Mile Rock, Grand Bahama, which has already shut down the office there.Though the decisions are called difficult, they are also called calculated or considered and are based on the pressure on BOB to cut costs.  Government funded bail outs for the Bank of the Bahamas are to the tune of a staggering, $300m.Interestingly, the layoffs follow a profitable quarter for the Bank’ it is said this is the first recorded profit since 2012.last_img read more

Petit Man United signed Sanchezs brother

first_imgEmmanuel Petit believes Alexis Sanchez’s performances have been totally unacceptable at Manchester United given his pay rateThe Red Devils signed Sanchez in an exchange deal from Arsenal in January with Henrikh Mkhitaryan going the other way.Sanchez signed a four-and-a-half-year contract with United that sees him earn £14m a year after tax.But the Chilean forward has since failed to deliver what was promised at United after finding the net only four times in 30 appearances.This has led to United manager Jose Mourinho dropping him at times this season with the club only eighth in the Premier League standings.Now former Arsenal and Chelsea midfielder Petit has called on Sanchez to take responsibility instead of hiding away.The French World Cup winner even suggested that Sanchez’s brother instead turns up to play at Old Trafford during match days.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“The manager is on the bench, so you need to show pride in your own performance when you are on the field and the first one who has gone into hiding at United is Alexis Sanchez,” Petit told Goal.“He wanted to leave Arsenal because he was chasing the salary United could offer.“Now he receives so much money and in nine months what has he done? Nothing. I have not seen him. I think they signed his brother.“I understand that players believe they deserve certain financial rewards when they reach a certain level, but what we have seen from Sanchez at United has not been acceptable.”The Frenchman also added that the United squad have let Mourinho down this season.The Red Devils will host Arsenal at Old Trafford tonight in the Premier League with kick-off set for 21:00 (CET).last_img read more

Danilo hoping City will not slip up in title race

first_imgDanilo shared his delight at opening his account for the season away at Huddersfield to help Manchester City to a 3-0 win.The Brazilian’s first-half strike set the tempo for the Blues 3-0 win at the John Smith’s Stadium to reduce the gap at the top of the table to four pointsAnd he said he and his City team-mates were determined to not to slip up in the battle to retain their Premier League crown.“I’m happy for sure to score. I’m very happy to help the team and we have to keep going that way to try and win the league,” said the Brazilian full-back via the club’s website.Official: Danilo leaves City to join Juventus Manuel R. Medina – August 7, 2019 Brazilian defender Danilo has joined the Bianconeri for the next five years after an exchange of money and defender Joao Cancelo.“We are happy as we won the game it was not easy and we have to keep going that way.“If we want to win the Premier League, we have to win every week – we have to do our job and at the end of the season we will see.”First #PL goal of the season for Danilo 💥#HUDMCI pic.twitter.com/1aV9xcaaKo— Premier League (@premierleague) January 20, 2019last_img read more

United States immigration policy causes uproar amid family separation controversy

first_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsEarlier Story: Trump digs in on immigration policy amid ‘family separation’ controversyWASHINGTON (AP) — Facing rising outrage from some Republicans as well as Democrats over the forced separation of migrant children and parents at the U.S.-Mexico border, President Donald Trump dug in Monday, again blaming Democrats and declaring he would keep the U.S. from becoming “a migrant camp.”Democrats have turned up the pressure over the administration policy, and some Republicans have joined the chorus of criticism. Former first lady Laura Bush has called the separation policy “cruel” and “immoral” while GOP Sen. Susan Collins expressed concern about it and a former adviser to Trump questioned using the policy to pressure Democrats on immigration legislation.Trump continued to cast blame on Democrats Monday, as he detoured from planned remarks on U.S. space policy to defend his administration’s policies. “I say it’s very strongly the Democrats’ fault,” he said at the White House.“The United States will not be a migrant camp and it will not be a refugee holding facility,” he added. “Not on my watch.”“We are doing none of those things. We are enforcing the laws passed by Congress,” she said in an appearance before the National Sheriffs’ Association in New Orleans. Like Trump, she called on Congress to reform immigration laws.Nearly 2,000 children were separated from their families over a six-week period in April and May after Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced a new “zero-tolerance” policy that refers all cases of illegal entry for criminal prosecution. U.S. protocol prohibits detaining children with their parents because the children are not charged with a crime and the parents are.Nielsen said that releasing parents with their children amounts to a “get out of jail free card” policy for those in the country illegally.Speaking at the same conference, Sessions echoed Nielsen’s defense of the policy, and called on Congress to act.“We do not want to separate parents from their children,” Sessions said. “If we build the wall, if we pass legislation to end the lawlessness, we won’t face these terrible choices.”Trump asserted Monday that children “are being used by some of the worst criminals on earth” as a way to enter the United States. He tweeted: “Has anyone been looking at the Crime taking place south of the border,” calling it “historic.”Criticism is rising from both sides of the political aisle. In a guest column for The Washington Post Sunday, Mrs. Bush made some of the strongest comments yet from a Republican.“I live in a border state. I appreciate the need to enforce and protect our international boundaries, but this zero-tolerance policy is cruel. It is immoral. And it breaks my heart,” she wrote. She compared it to the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II, which she called “one of the most shameful episodes in U.S. history.” Posted: June 19, 2018 Read my statement on the Department of Homeland Security immigration policy here: https://t.co/aA3TjX55Bj— Rep. Duncan Hunter (@Rep_Hunter) June 18, 2018___AP writers Colleen Long, Zeke Miller, and Ken Thomas in Washington and Kevin McGill in New Orleans contributed. Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen rejected criticism accusing her department of inhuman and immoral actions. Monday, DHS Secretary Nielsen took questions to clarify some of the misleading talking points that have arisen regarding the Trump administration’s immigration policy. The Trump administration says they are not separating all immigrant families, but that it must be done in cases where they need to detain the adult for a crime. President Trump weighed in on the controversy over separation of illegal immigrant families at the US-Mexico border today saying, “The United States will not be a migrant camp. And it will not be a refugee holding facility. It won’t be. You look at what’s happening in Europe, you look at what is happening in other places, we cannot allow that to happen to the United States, not on my watch.” I live in a border state. I appreciate the need to enforce and protect our international boundaries, but this zero-tolerance policy is cruel. It is immoral. And it breaks my heart.https://t.co/he1uw1E96A— Laura Bush (@laurawbush) June 18, 2018 AP Updated: 4:42 PM AP, center_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsThe issue has sparked outrage from both democrats and republicans. President Trump continually pushes back claiming democrats created the problem, and he is determined to fix it. In studio to talk more about the issues going on at the border is Principal Attorney of Valdes & Associates, and Coronado School Board Candidate, Esther Valdes. Her complete interview can be seen in the video below. Stay up to date on the latest from the George W. Bush Institute and President and Mrs. Bush. Sign up to receive updates: https://t.co/mHu9WTZNbN pic.twitter.com/OGjwo1cWyt— George W. Bush Presidential Center (@TheBushCenter) June 18, 2018Underscoring the emotional tension, first lady Melania Trump, who has tended to stay out of contentious policy debates, waded into the issue. Her spokeswoman said that Mrs. Trump believes “we need to be a country that follows all laws,” but also one “that governs with heart.”“Mrs. Trump hates to see children separated from their families and hopes both sides of the aisle can finally come together to achieve successful immigration reform,” spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham said.RELATED STORY: House minority leader Nancy Pelosi visits US-Mexico border and tours illegal immigrant detention centersThe signs of splintering GOP support are spreading.The Rev. Franklin Graham, a longtime Trump ally, called the policy “disgraceful.” Several religious groups, including some conservative ones, have pushed to stop the practice of separating immigrant children from their parents.Former Trump adviser Anthony Scaramucci said Monday on CNN that it “doesn’t feel right” for the Trump administration to blame Democrats and use the issue as a way of pressuring Democrats into negotiating on a Republican immigration bill.Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine said she favors tighter border security, but expressed deep concerns about the child separation policy.“What the administration has decided to do is to separate children from their parents to try to send a message that if you cross the border with children, your children are going to be ripped away from you,” she said. “That’s traumatizing to the children who are innocent victims, and it is contrary to our values in this country.”House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi said the policy “leaves a dark stain on our nation.”“Ripping vulnerable little children away from their parents is an utter atrocity that debases America’s values and our legacy as a beacon of hope, opportunity and freedom,” she said Monday.Trump plans to meet with House Republicans on Tuesday to discuss pending immigration legislation amid the election-season debate over what has been one of his favorite issues. The House is expected to vote this week on a bill pushed by conservatives that may not have enough support to pass, and a compromise measure with key proposals supported by the president. The White House has said Trump would sign either one.Both House proposals face broad opposition from Democrats, and even if a bill does pass, the closely divided Senate seems unlikely to go along.Trump’s former chief strategist said Republicans would face steep consequences for pushing the compromise bill because it provides a path to citizenship for young “Dreamer” immigrants brought to the country illegally as children. Steve Bannon argued that that effort risks alienating Trump’s political base and could lead to election losses in November, when Republicans hope to preserve their congressional majorities. June 19, 2018 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Tuesday, San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer released a statement on the controversy surrounding parents being separated from their children after entering the United States illegally.Later Tuesday evening, Congressman Juan Vargas (D-Chula Vista) yelled, “Don’t you have kids?” at President Trump as he departed the US capitol following his meeting with the House GOP caucus on immigration. The congressman’s actions can be seen in the video posted below. United States immigration policy causes uproar amid ‘family separation’ controversy Categories: Local San Diego News, National & International News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Downtown highrise building evacuated after suspicious packages found

first_imgSuspicious package outside the @sdut building this morning. #journalism pic.twitter.com/KV7ovOEW5f— Kate Morrissey (@bgirledukate) October 24, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, Updated: 9:00 PM 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The downtown San Diego building that houses the San Diego Union-Tribune and an office of Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., was evacuated Wednesday for about an hour after a cluster of suspicious packages was found on top of a patio table near a corner of the building.Officers responded to 600 B Street about 8:15 a.m. and ordered the evacuations of the 24-floor building as well as several businesses in the area, San Diego police public-affairs Officer Billy Hernandez said. Police also closed Sixth Avenue between A and B streets to traffic during the evacuations.About an hour later, police determined the boxes were filled with everyday items.Officers scanned the boxes and determined they were filled with various items including shoes, children’s books, a football and bags of potato chips, Lt. Kevin Wadhams said.The boxes, which were on top of a patio table next to an orange air pump, were not addressed to anyone in particular, Wadhams said.Surveillance video showed a person dropping off the boxes around 1:45 a.m., but officers were unable to identify the person from video, Wadhams said.The buildings nearby the location were evacuated “out of an abundance of caution,” Wadhams said.Augie Lopez, 27, who works at the front desk of the building as a security guard said it was the first time the building has been evacuated in the three years he has worked there.The evacuations in downtown San Diego came on the same morning several suspicious packages were discovered across the country.The Secret Service intercepted a series of suspicious packages containing potential explosives that were sent to Hilary Clinton and former President Barack Obama. CNN also reported a suspicious package was sent to its building in Manhattan. Packages were also sent to former CIA chief John Brennan and Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schulz.The fact that Harris — an outspoken Democratic critic of President Donald Trump — has an office in the San Diego building raised concerns that the suspicious packages might be linked to the other cases.“Our office was evacuated today after suspicious packages were found near the building,” Harris spokeswoman Lily Adams said on Twitter. “The packages were not addressed to the senator or our office. We are grateful to the San Diego Police Department for their work to swiftly investigate this issue.” SDPD Lieutenant Kevin Wadhams updated us on the evacuation of the WeWork building in downtown San Diego. He said the building was evacuated and the streets shut down out of an abundance of caution. The boxes were filled with children’s books, a football, a shoe, and an empty bag of potato chips.San Diego Union-Tribune writer Kate Morrissey tweeted out the following picture and information after evacuating. Downtown high-rise building evacuated after suspicious packages found Categories: Local San Diego News October 24, 2018 Posted: October 24, 2018 KUSI Newsroom FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

More than 600000 doses of flu shots given throughout SD County

first_img KUSI Newsroom November 30, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI)-Many people in San Diego County are getting their flu shots. Local health providers reported giving more than 600,000 doses, which is 30% more than last year.This past year more than 300 flu-related deaths were reported in San Diego County. Now citizens are taking extra precaution for infants and those over the age of 65.Public Health Officer for the county of San Diego, Dr. Wilma Wooten talks to KUSI about the increased number of flu vaccinations. Posted: November 30, 2018 More than 600,000 doses of flu shots given throughout SD County Categories: Health, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Groundbreaking for new development in Downtown for the homeless

first_img Updated: 10:11 AM KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, April 12, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – San Diego real estate developer Affirmed Housing broke ground today on an East Village development that will provide housing and supportive services for local residents who have dealt with homelessness.The project, dubbed the LINK, will include 72 permanent housing units and 14 studios that will be affordable for residents who earn 50 percent or less of the region’s median income. The 50,000-square-foot apartment building will also include services for formerly homeless residents, provided by Father Joe’s Villages.“The LINK will provide quality housing and on-site supportive services, designed to enrich the lives of our residents,” said Affirmed Housing President James Silverwood. “This comprehensive approach will offer this vulnerable population a high level of support, which we have seen lead to success in addressing homelessness.”According to Affirmed Housing, project architect Carrier Johnson + CULTURE will design the complex with a metal facade and exposed concrete to pay homage to the surrounding area’s “creative fabrication.”Affirmed Housing received more than $48 million in financial assistance from Bank of America last year to begin developing the LINK. “Working closely with Affirmed Housing and Civic San Diego, this public-private partnership has created a truly transformative community for our most vulnerable San Diegans,” said Bank of America’s San Diego Market President Rick Bregman.Affirmed Housing did not disclose when it estimates the project will be completed.center_img Groundbreaking for new development in Downtown for the homeless Posted: April 12, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

San Diegos Democrat Members of Congress respond to Mueller Statement

first_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The investigation of Russian Collusion is legally over. There was no collusion, and insufficient evidence to bring a case of obstruction. Yet, the Democrats in San Diego’s Congressional delegation are not convinced President Trump is clear of committing a crime.As KUSI’s Steve Bosh reports, our local Congressman believe President Trump is guilty of Obstructions, and they want to begin impeachment proceedings.Later in the newscast, Political Analyst and Attorney Vik Bajaj reacted to the Mueller statement. Watch his full interview by clicking here. Categories: Local San Diego News, Politics FacebookTwitter Steve Bosh, Steve Bosh Updated: 5:56 PMcenter_img May 29, 2019 Posted: May 29, 2019 San Diego’s Democrat Members of Congress respond to Mueller Statementlast_img read more